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Leasing the Farm









Built in 1927
Built in 1927





My family farm in Ohio has leased land usage rights to a hydraulic fracking company. In addition to being a place of great personal significance, the farm is also the place where my Grandma lives and has lived for most of her life –with a significant portion of my family living on the land surrounding it. My father grew up on this land and has a deep connection with it.

Fracking on small family farms is becoming increasingly common. There are many factors as to why my family, and many like it make such a drastic decision. The idea that this industry while problematic to the environment, creates jobs in America and boosts the economy. The amount of money paid to just to sign a lease is enough to get most people grabbing a pen. One of the worst problems I have seen is ignoring the harm this type of oil extracting is causing the land.

In this project I want to bring in a personal touch, which most people ignore in debates such as this. I also want to create a dialogue between me and my family in grasping an understanding of why we have such different ideas about this topic.






Cows




Dad in Spring




Start of Fall




Feeding the cows




Bails of hay




Mud pasture




Emerald Ash Bore damage




Mom




Truck bed travel




Dinner time




Food storage




Wood for Winter




Dad




Pip berries




Aunt Rhonda




Hike in the woods




Hunting path




Gravestone




Emerald Ash Bore damage #2




Cow Talk




Uncle Andy bailing hay




Cousins




The path




Need for wood




Discovery




Century Farm




Mom, Grandma, and Aunt Rhonda




Grandma & the storage cooler




Walnuts




Planting walnuts




Fall changes




Cow 16




Grandpa




Desk




Historic Homestead




Billy's Pile








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